The Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, has expressed concern that Monkeypox could lead to a high mortality rate among children in Jamaica.
This concern comes amid reports of a second locally transmitted case of monkeypox and the fourth infection from the viral disease.
According to President of the Medical Association of Jamaica Dr. Brian James, monkeypox could cause complications for pregnant women who contract the disease.
He told Radio Jamaica News that there is evidence that pregnant women can transmit the disease to their babies.
The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) is also expressing concern about monkeypox in Jamaica and calling for greater public awareness about the viral disease.
NAJ President Patsy Edwards Henry contends that public education will help to prevent a spike in cases and deaths linked to Monkeypox.
She told Radio Jamaica News that the healthcare system would be further burdened if there is a spike in cases and hospitalisations related to monkeypox and COVID-19.
She wants members of the public to take personal responsibility seriously.
Education Minister Fayval Williams has also announced that her ministry will be in dialogue with the Ministry of Health to determine whether special provisions should be implemented in response to monkeypox ahead of the new school year.
She said her ministry would await directive from the health ministry on any necessary precaution.